It was cold but sunny this morning and it seemed a pity to waste it. First was breakfast and for this we returned to Giraffe. They do a very nice porridge, among other things.
We then took the 38 bendy-bus to Holborn. Holborn is quite an interesting area once you start to explore. For one thing, there is the LSE there, which seems to be spreading in all directions and taking over local streets and buildings.
There are quite a few historic buildings in the area such as the old shop in Sheffield Street, now the property of the LSE…
… and this parish house which today accommodates a printing company.
Nearby is Lincoln’s Inn Fields, one of the Inns of Court. There are some impressive old buildings to be seen here too.
The building at 66 Lincoln’s Inn Fields was the home of Lord Powys in the 17th century and today it is occupied by Farrer & Co.
We caught another bus (buses are great for exploring) and made a break at Canada Water. I was startled to find this lake with water fowl on it, a beautiful surprise in the midst of the built-up area.
Beside the nearby Surrey Quays shopping centre, these pigeons, though puffed up against the cold, were relaxing in the sun.
The next leg of the bus journey took us to Lewisham, whose clock tower was built in 1897 to celebrate Queen Victoria’s diamond jubilee. Today the first stalls of Lewisham Market hug its feet like chicks around the mother hen.
Lewisham actually has four markets and though they face competition from the high streets shops and the Lewisham shopping centre, they seem to be surviving a doing a vigorous trade.
After a look around said shopping centre, we decided to take the bus back home where we made tea and relaxed from our day out.
We had had a good breakfast at the Giraffe but that was this morning! We had had nothing since, except cups of tea. Around 6:30 we were beginning to feel hungry. Tigger had on a previous occasion spotted an Indian restaurant opposite Waterloo station and suggested we go there. So we did.
It is called Bangalore (yes, really). It is an interesting cross between an Indian restaurant and a Chinese noodle bar. For example, the “menu” is a paper place mat and the service is fast and without frills. I was impressed with the food, however, and would go there again.
An interesting feature of this restaurant is the upper level booths which are accessed by individual ladders, a bit like bunk beds, perhaps. It must be tiring for the waiters to have to go up and down – or perhaps it keeps them fit! The photo is a bit unsharp because it was taken in low light with the camera on my phone.
Then it was back home to warm up and make tea. I think that today, despite the sunshine, is the coldest day so far. To go out this evening I put on an extra layer and I will dig out my winter coat at the next opportunity.